Skip to comments.Immigration Theater
Posted on 05/24/2008 3:40:59 PM PDT by shrinkermd
Federal immigration officials raided an Iowa meatpacking plant this month... Nearly 400 of the plant's 900 employees were arrested on immigration charges. Do you feel safer?
Ever since immigration reform died in Congress last year, the Bush Administration has made a show of stepping up enforcement. But do homeland security officials really have nothing better to do than raid businesses that hire willing workers especially in states like Iowa, where the jobless rate is 3.5%? These immigrants are obviously responding to a labor shortage for certain jobs. Giving them a legal way to enter the country would free up homeland security money and manpower to focus on real threats.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, lawmakers continue to ignore this economic reality and pretend that illegal immigration is nothing more than a law enforcement issue. The good news is that their latest attempt to turn employers into immigration police appears to have stalled.
The Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act (SAVE) was introduced by Heath Shuler, a North Carolina Democrat. The bill does nothing to increase legal immigration, which is the only realistic way to decrease illegal immigration. Instead, it throws more money at a mandatory employment verification system (E-Verify) for the nation's six million employers.
The Democrats never intended to pass the measure, mind you. While collecting co-sponsors, Mr. Shuler assured Democrats there would be no action this year.
Rahm Emanuel, the Blue Dog patron in the House leadership, told reporters that a recent Congressional Budget Office report had given him pause. The CBO estimated SAVE would cost more that $30 billion in lost tax revenues and spending because it would increase the number of employers and workers who resort to the black market outside of the tax system.
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It's enough to make me want to throw up when I realize we're going to have "comprehensive immigration reform" whether it's good for the country or not.
WSJ = Wage Suppression Journal
All Pool Boyz to dress in prison orange. It goes with my inflatable ducky... :)
You big nut. ROTFLMAO! Geesh, too funny.
I needed a good laugh.
I am reaffirmed on a regular basis that my cancellation of my WSJ subscription was a good move..
No, this is an important job and someone competent should really be doing the job of enforcement, not an incompetent fool like certioff.
Giving them a legal way to enter the country
They already have “a legal way to enter the country”
It’s called IMMIGRATION..
Wadid I win ???????????
and Obama is going to continue to build the fence and stop the amnesty train.....not
Looks like that is what you want since there are two candidates.
Since some folks didn’t want the true fighter against illegals, Hunter we have two choices.
Third party always brings in the democrat, only Obama will be the second term of Carter only worse.
They already have a legal way to enter the country
Its called IMMIGRATION...
I honestly can't decide which of the two is the more hysterically falling-down funny, ultimately: the fact that they genuinely seem to believe that we actually don't KNOW that... or the pinched, patrician, put-upon air paid amnesty shills unfailingly affect, while laboriously attempting to "teach" us otherwise. ;)
Why waste even a moment of my time on anyone openly admitting to reading for comprehension so spectacularly poorly, then?
> These immigrants are obviously responding to a labor shortage for certain jobs.<
That’s where I stopped reading.
The elites at the WSJ don’t want to lose their nannies, landscapers, and pool boys. And they certainly don’t want to see employers fined or jailed for employing illegals, which would solve the problem.
Isn't this precisely the same rationale liberals have been providing for over four decades now, re: "economically distressed urban youth" and drug pushing...? ;)
It doesn’t matter whether the workers are “willing”, what matters is that they are “illegal”. What is it about identity theft (and other crimes) that the WSJ doesn’t understand???
Hi TN, I have to laugh at the folks who didn’t want to support Duncan Hunter, the only candidate who has the history and currently fighting the illegals and all that goes with it.
Now they whine and try to dig up some third party hack.
Reading that you would never know the owners of the plant were scumbags hiring what amounts to indentured servants.
WSJ—The usual retarded open borders bull from the capitalists without loyalty to America
I still have my Duncan bumper sticker on my car..
Do you feel safer?
Ask me again when 40,000,000 have been deported...
Rep. Cole is still feeling the love 8 days later. LOL!
“Dear Mr. Cole,
If you were serious about helping American families you would reverse the insane government policies that:
—Comsume up 40% of the average middle class family’s income with taxes.
—Transfer much of that tax revenue to special interests — witness the disgusting pork-laden farm bill that so many republican Congressmen approved.
—Increase the cost of food through price supports, the ethanol mandates, etc.
—Increase the cost of energy by prohibiting energy exploration just about anywhere oil and gas deposits are found in the United states.
—Fail to police the borders of the United States.
—Allow unlimited numbers of illegal immigrants to drive down the value of American labor, while allowing illegal immigrants access to public benefits.
—Prevent parents from removing kids from disastrous, unsafe, 100%- education-free school districts, like the Los Angeles Unified School District.
By the way Mr Cole, I notice that nobody from the NRCC has deigned to reply to the thousands of posters on this blog. This alone speaks volumes
about what’s really important to Tom Cole and the NRCC.
Posted: Mike W. - California on May 24, 2008 at 2:50 PM”
After Juan's baldfaced and unabashed betrayal of their interests, last year: this was so absolutely, positively NOT the issue on which to cross the conservative voting base.
Whole lotta congresscritters are gonna be blinking rapidly, come the evening of 11/04, and whimpering: "... but... but... how in God's name did all of this just happen? I'M A CLOSE, PERSONAL FRIEND OF KARL ROVE, FOR PITY'S SAKE -- !!!" ;)
We too, cancelled our subscription to WSJ. They called twice to find out why. They got their ears burned but good.
They just don’t get it. Illegal equals violation of the law. We don’t get to pick and choose among the laws to which we will or will not conform.
Back to where immigration is for benefiting America, and not the world.
"You're arresting me just 'cause I flacked Juan McCain on FRepublic?"
No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Further on that issue Joe Morgenstern reviews the movie ‘Waitress’, and in the review conclusion tells us that writer director actress
Adrienne Shelley is brutally murdered by a construction worker at her office. He avoids letting us know the killer is an illegal alien.
BS. I read that the workers were getting $5 an hour. The labor shortage is for workers at that rate. Pay more and plenty of Iowans would be willing to take the jobs.
Thanks for the link. Disgusting; the feds need to throw the book at Agriprocessors’ management.
Bump for later
Michelle had commented on the WSJ’s no borders policy, they responded about a "Guerrilla" attack.
Michelle then hoists them with a "Gorilla" attack using the WSJ’s own video showing their hypocrisy with an entire editorial board meeting of middle aged white males, with one woman, sitting on the window sill, no place at the table for her, and one black man, no place at the table for him either. But hey, we're the bigots!
The WSJ is horrible they are the Simon Legree’s of the buggy whip industry with a touch of Goebels. Defending a 19th century sweatshop as the model of American prosperity, what scum, what morons.
So do I.
It’s never coming off!
Easily 60-70% of the legal immigrants we get from Mexico and Central America are as low class and uneducated as the illegal aliens we get
The real disaster is we allow in more legal immigrants from Mexico than anywhere else. Something like 400,000 per year mostly due to "family reunification".
If I were king of America I would build a border fence, reduce legal/illegal Mexican immigration to zero and allow 400,000 Europeans (real Europeans not Muslims living in Europe) to immigrate here each year with preferences for educated English speakers and those learning English. This was pretty much our immigration policy before the Ted Kennedy immigration acts of 1965 which changed our emphasis on immigration from Europe to immigration from the 3rd world
Pre-Hart Celler laws discriminated against southern and eastern Europeans too. Nevertheless, those are some good points. We can’t all be king, however. ;-)
Bullcrap! (with all due respect)
If this were true we wouldn't have so many Italians, Polish and Greeks in America. And check out Chicago and the Midwest--- Teaming with Eastern and Central Europeans
I stand corrected... But the 1924 Immigration act is preferable to the chaotic 3rd world dominated immigration of today which comes from Cellar-Hart-Kennedy
Not to mention the massive illegal immigration that eventually grew from Cellar-Hart-Kennedy
I think most rational people can agree that Kennedy-Hart-Cellar was a mistake. The sad thing is that many who do it privately do not dare do so in public, including many Democrats.
I’m certainly not disagreeing with you. But it will be atacked as RACIST, you know.
Sounds good to me. I get just as rankled by legal immigration as illegal.
Once recent case involved the brutal murders of three legal Korean immigrants (who are touted as hard-working business and professional people). In this case, the Koreans were living in an upscale neighbothood. When L/E came in, they found evidence of extensive ID theft and credit card fraud, huge amounts of cash, and large numbers of casino chips. Seems a young Korean friend did the deed---when apprehended, was found carrying $88K cash, the victims' credit cards and casino chips.
I will not feel safer til they remove all of the illegal aliens from Southern California.
Legal and illegal immigrants can pursue criminality with more carefree abandon than Americans. Because they know they can always flee back to their homeland and get away with it.
My guess is 95% of the time a criminal immigrant who flees America will get away with it. Never be extradited. Judges encourage this by granting bail in the first place. It’s an invitation to scram
I think most rational people can agree that Kennedy-Hart-Cellar was a mistake.....
Maybe 5% of Americans are aware of it and how much this law changed immigration
He was German and Jewish. He wanted more Catholics and Jews to be allowed in. He was a freshman when he saw the 1924 immigration restrictions pass. He worked in Congress for 40+ years to get rid of them. It was his life mission